It may be hard to believe, but popcorn is one of the healthiest snacks if prepared the right way. When cooked on the stovetop, it’s a healthy, fiber-rich, whole-grain option that can ward off crashes in blood sugar that can leave you feeling grumpy and craving more snacks. Three cups of the naturally gluten-free snack clock in at only 90 calories and count as a serving of waist-whittling whole grains.
On its own, a big bowl of air-popped popcorn can satisfy your salty, crunchy cravings. This easy-to-make recipe also adds sweetness to the mix, making it the perfect anytime snack food.
Our exclusive Zero Belly Cookbook recipe incorporates fat-burning superfoods—semisweet chocolate and coconut—to turbocharge your kernels. Delicious, nutritious, and addictive, it’s the best way you can lose weight while snacking during your next Netflix binge. Let’s get it poppin’!
Makes 4 servings
1 tbsp virgin coconut oil
1⁄4 cup popcorn kernels
2 oz semisweet chocolate (chips or bar, chopped)
1⁄2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
How to Make it
1. Melt the coconut oil in a large saucepan (at least 4 quarts) over medium-high heat. Add the popcorn, and cover with a lid. Shake the pot every 5 seconds until the popcorn starts to pop. Once the popcorn starts to pop, shake constantly back and forth until the popping slows to one pop every 2 seconds. Remove from the heat and take o the lid.
2. Place the chocolate chips in a small saucepan and melt over low heat, stirring with a small heat-proof spatula to ensure that the chocolate does not burn.
3. Add half of the chocolate and half of the flaked coconut to the popcorn and stir. Repeat with the remaining chocolate and flaked coconut and stir for even coverage.
4. Serve popcorn warm or cooled.
Nutrition per serving: 183 calories / 13 g fat / 17 g carb / 5 g fiber / 5 g protein